LAKELAND - Second-ranked Barry University flexed its national ranking and downed No. 38 Florida Southern, 9-0, in Sunshine State Conference men's tennis play here Saturday at the Wynee Warden Tennis Center. With the win, Barry's sixth in a row, the Buccaneers improve to 14-1 overall and 4-0 in the conference while the Moccasins fall to 10-6 and 3-2.
"If you look at the scores, you can see how close the match was," said Moccasin head coach, Trey Heath. "Five of the 13 sets were extended and we played great. We just couldn't finish the sets we were ahead in."
In doubles, Barry's number three team of Nico Dreer and Fernando Tous defeated Blaine Miller and Derek Bell, 8-2, and Ahmed Triki and Pierre Montrieul, the fourth-ranked doubles team in the NCAA Division II topped Laurent Mailloux and Miguel Alvarez-Hevia, 8-4, at number one. Carlos Gomez and Vivien Versier, ranked 25th nationally, downed Fabian Lundberg and Jose de Sario, 9-7, at number three.
Thomas Bugeaud kept the winning going for Barry in singles, topping Miller, 6-2, 6-1, at number six while Triki, the number two ranked played in the country, edged Lundberg, 7-5, 6-4 at number one to clinch the win for the Buccaneers.
Gomez, ranked 11th in Division II, got by de Sario, 7-6, 6-3 at number two while Montrieul, ranked 26th nationally, won out, 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 against Mailloux at number three.
The Buccaneers sealed the shutout as Versier downed Oscar Soderlund, 6-1, 7-6 (8-6) at number five while 46th-ranked Dreer defeated Alvarez-Hevia, 7-5, 7-5, at number four.
Florida Southern plays next on Tuesday at 3 p.m. at Rollins College in Winter Park.